What is Judi’s background and how did she come to join Springhouse?
Judi qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and has worked as an employment law ever since. Her journey to this point was an interesting one. After university Judi took a year out to work as a Housing Officer at Tower Hamlets Council. This turned out to be the perfect place for her to sharpen her passion for the law, as she found herself handling the many legal issues she came across in the job.
Judi discovered her passion for employment law when her training supervisor went away on an absence and left Judi to cope on her own. Being thrown in at the deep end turned out to be the perfect introduction to employment law. Judi really enjoyed it and sailed through!
Judi is now an extremely experienced employment solicitor, having spent many years not only working in large and prestigious employment law departments, but also in-house, where she has provided practical and commercial advice and representation to organisations in the care, charity and housing sectors.
Judi has expertise and experience assisting her clients – employers and employees alike – with the full range of employment law issues, including disciplinaries and grievances, whistleblowing and working time cases, wages claims, TUPE (including carrying out information and consultation exercises), restructures and redundancies, contracts and policies, restrictive covenants, and all manner of discrimination claims.
Judi is also very experienced in dealing with employment tribunal claims and has provided full representation (including advocacy) to Claimants bringing claims and to Respondents defending them. Judi therefore has the advantage of seeing claims from both sides.
What does Judi do day to day?
Day to day you will see her taking time to listen carefully to her clients and helping with practical steps to resolve their cases, whether this be drafting letters, helping with disciplinaries or grievances, drafting employment contracts and policies, helping with TUPE transactions, or negotiating and drafting settlement agreements.
What are Judi’s top professional achievements?
Judi is reluctant to be drawn on her biggest achievements because she attaches equal importance to her work for all clients, whether this is advising on the terms and effect of a settlement agreement or running an Employment Tribunal case with a high financial claim.
However, one of Judi’s biggest achievements was a long-running and complicated equal pay claim she represented the employee in, eventually achieving everything her client was claiming, plus interest.
Judi is also proud to have a 98% success rate in her tribunal claims.
Whilst working as the sole inhouse employment solicitor for an international charity, Judi successfully guided the organisation through a large scale redundancy process to the satisfaction of the employer and employees; there were no employment tribunal claims brought as a result.
Judi has also written a number of articles for legal and personnel journals and has presented several training courses for HR, legal and trade union professionals.
What Judi loves most about her job
Judi has always loved the human side of employment law and her interactions with her clients. She is also driven by the fact that the law is constantly evolving and always fresh and enjoys the application of the technical aspects of employment law to everyday employment relationships.
In terms of the values Judi brings to her work, these include being honest and open, being driven to get the best results, establishing an empathetic relationship with her clients, and working with efficiency and speed.
Judi is a fitness fanatic. She can walk to gym from her house, so no excuses there!
And as someone who is used to being in charge of her client’s cases, there are no surprises that Judi is the Chair of a local sports and recreation charity, and secretary of her local village association where she is heavily involved in local trouble-shooting and organising fund-raising events.